Interviewer: Tanya Goyal, Campus Ambassador, LexQuest
Name: Siddhant Sharma
College/University and Year: ALS, Amity University, Rajasthan, 4th year
Organization where/Advocate with whom you interned: FICCI
City and State: New Delhi, Delhi
What resources did you use to find your internship?
Where did you stay (Contact Details, if Possible)?
Stayed at home
How far was that place from the place you were interning at?
30 minutes by metro
Was the internship paid?
What were your expectations for this experience?
I was expecting to work on some IPR related cases and get a feel of the corporate environment.
Describe your first day (in 100 words):
The first day was the most exciting. I was told to bring my laptop and so I did. On reaching I was escorted to the IPR department where I met the associates and co interns. Then I was asked to fill in some forms for getting the WIFI connection. We had a small ice breaking section after which we were dispersed for the day as it was the very first day of 2014.
How would you describe the culture within the organization (ways in which co-workers interact or don’t interact) and how does this fit with your “ideal” employer?
Not only the IPR department but the whole place was very lively. Everybody was very helpful and approachable. It had the best working culture amongst the places where I had been.
What new skills have you learned since beginning your experience?
The most important skill i developed while working there was to be patient while researching on a particular topic
What types of tasks did you discover that you enjoy or excel at completing?
I enjoyed working on the various IP related case studies that we were given. Also after completion of each task we used to have presentations which I thoroughly enjoyed.
What tasks were less attractive or fulfilling?
There was a time when I was told to arrange some documents chronologically. That was the only tiring task because of the hundreds of CD’s and files that I needed to arrange alone.
What about your internship do you absolutely despise/hate or leaves a bad taste in your mouth?
If you were running this organization, what would you change and why?
The only thing I would change is the work space allotted to the IPR department. It should be substantially increased in order to accommodate the associates and interns comfortably.
What about your internship is the most surprising to you (i.e., what did you least expect going into the experience) and what lesson(s) can you draw from this?
I was not expecting the associates to be as approachable and amicable as they were. What I understood is that everyone’s not the same.
How does this internship relate to your long-term educational or career goals?
I learned how to channelize my resources and shape my research related work. This has helped me a lot.
Did the internship provide you with any insights that you hadn’t anticipated?
Yes, I was introduced to the fact that I can prepare a case summary of 6 pages for a judgement of over 200 pages.
What recommendations would you give to other students doing an internship at this organization?
The only thing I would like to state is that, there are times when work is less so a person willing to learn will have to take the initiative to approach the associates for work.